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Attorneys Patrick Noaker and Sarah Odegaard tell reporters Wednesday about a federal lawsuit they just filed alleging religious leader Gerald Derstine sexually abused a girl at the Strawberry Lake Christian Retreat near Detroit Lakes, Minn. The photo behind them is of Derstine, leader of Gospel Crusades. (Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau)

Religious leader accused of sex abuse at Strawberry Lake Christian Retreat

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ST. PAUL -- A St. Cloud, Minn., girl and her mother sued the founder of Gospel Crusades Wednesday for what the federal lawsuit calls repeated incidents of sexual abuse at a retreat center near Detroit Lakes.


The suit claims Gerald Derstine of Bradenton, Fla., molested the girl during summer camps in 2007, 2008 and 2009 at Gospel Crusades' Strawberry Lake Christian Retreat.

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